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  Reply # 2217996 16-Apr-2019 10:30
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Personally I think if you pay now, you should get spark sport half price until then :)

 

 


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  Reply # 2217997 16-Apr-2019 10:33
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WyleECoyoteNZ:

 

 

 

 

 

And i love the irony of if you don't choose to pay for the streaming service from spark, you can watch the sem's and finals live. And if you are still a Sky customer, you more than likely will watch the FTA coverage through your sky box.

 

 

 

 

You can argue that any way, no matter who has the rights. Same with Sky, same with SS, same with [insert any provider here]

 

When Sky had it, it was also FTA, similar terms. Not everyone has or can afford Sky, not everyone has gigabit Fibre. But I have mates who have lowly ADSL and they are Netflix viewers. So its likely that many who have internet access, can access SS. Although the lower connections would be on an at your own risk basis. 

 

I wonder if say ADSL worked for for Netflix, does that translate to Spark Sport capability? 


 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 2218003 16-Apr-2019 10:37
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WyleECoyoteNZ:

 

A couple of my thoughts straight away:

 

If I pay the $60 now, what do I get now?

 

Which sort of leads on to the second point, why does the price increase as the tournament gets closer? It's not a flight, where tickets gets more expensive as the flight sells out, it's a streaming service.

 

If they want me to pay $60 now, then they need to have the apps available on the smart TV's now. 

 

 

It's handy for network capacity planning when people sign up early.


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  Reply # 2218004 16-Apr-2019 10:41
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When you buy the RWC package, do you get the 30 day free trial from that point on also?

 

I'm considering purchasing super early bird, but not until the end of May, so then hoping I could use the next 30 days to test the live streaming aspect without having to pay the extra $20.

 

Also, has there been any indication of how many devices the sub is eligible for?

 

I will have to start off casting, but hoping to switch over to the Samsung TV if it gets the app in time.





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  Reply # 2218006 16-Apr-2019 10:42
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At $59 + $19....it's pretty comparable to a month of Sky + Sky Sport subscription. 

 

 

For one month yes. However; SkyTV forces 6 months onto you (or is it 12?).  So I can get the Rugby for $60 (for actually a little over a month) or if it were with SkyTV it'd be more like $330.


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that price is actually not too bad. I expected them to try and fleece us for more than that.

 

 

I wonder how bad the delay between the 'live' and the broadcast will be. That's one thing I really wish they could bring down, it's much worse on streaming services than satellite TV. I don't know if it's technically possible to do this though.

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  Reply # 2218011 16-Apr-2019 10:48
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allstarnz: that price is actually not too bad. I expected them to try and fleece us for more than that. I wonder how bad the delay between the 'live' and the broadcast will be. That's one thing I really wish they could bring down, it's much worse on streaming services than satellite TV. I don't know if it's technically possible to do this though.

 

I think the $60 is very reasonable, however making it more expensive the closer to the tournament you are and $25 a game is rubbish.

 

 


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  Reply # 2218012 16-Apr-2019 10:49
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I just registered my interest in watching RWC via SS.

 

I had to enter my mobile number, which is VF.

 

I hope that doesn't put me at the bottom of the pile.





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  Reply # 2218013 16-Apr-2019 10:50
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allstarnz: that price is actually not too bad. I expected them to try and fleece us for more than that. I wonder how bad the delay between the 'live' and the broadcast will be. That's one thing I really wish they could bring down, it's much worse on streaming services than satellite TV. I don't know if it's technically possible to do this though.

 

Technically it get come down to 3.5 seconds (less than traditional broadcasting feeds).  https://www.rapidtvnews.com/2019041255748/nab-2019-reed-bee-claims-ott-latency-breakthrough.html#axzz5lCu8b08E

 

 


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  Reply # 2218036 16-Apr-2019 11:18
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WyleECoyoteNZ:

 

A couple of my thoughts straight away:

 

If I pay the $60 now, what do I get now?

 

Which sort of leads on to the second point, why does the price increase as the tournament gets closer? It's not a flight, where tickets gets more expensive as the flight sells out, it's a streaming service.

 

If they want me to pay $60 now, then they need to have the apps available on the smart TV's now. 

 

 

It's handy for network capacity planning when people sign up early.

 

 

Maybe.

 

But if Spark are providing a service, it should be able to handle 800,00 subscribers now, not have to be scaled up as more and more people sign on.

 

I get the feeling Spark are using this earlybird deal to get money in the bank to fund the development of the platform

 

As for the early access having the ability to view archive RWC games, won't the best bits of the past matches be available elsewhere (YouTube?) online? 


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  Reply # 2218042 16-Apr-2019 11:28
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Really surprised all the NZ games will be available FTA as I would have thought that would cut out a lot of subscribers. The hardcore fan comfortable with the technology who wants to watch all the games will still pay, but I expect a lot of people will just say "stuff it, I'll just wait an hour."

Hoping for PS4 app as that's my main streaming method and prefer not to have to buy a new device for a one off event. Asked on Facebook and they replied that it's in their "roadmap." So hopefully it's ready in time for this.

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  Reply # 2218047 16-Apr-2019 11:36
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WyleECoyoteNZ:

 

 

 

But if Spark are providing a service, it should be able to handle 800,00 subscribers now, not have to be scaled up as more and more people sign on.

 

 

 

 

800,000? Is there that many rugby fans?


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  Reply # 2218077 16-Apr-2019 12:17
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WyleECoyoteNZ:

 

 

 

But if Spark are providing a service, it should be able to handle 800,00 subscribers now, not have to be scaled up as more and more people sign on.

 

 

 

 

800,000? Is there that many rugby fans?

 

 

No idea.

 

The point being the platform should be able to handle a high volume of concurrent users, not have to be scaled up as more and more subscribers join up.

 

If you're having to scale up as more and more subscribers join up, probably means you haven't load or stress tested the platform. How you simulate\test a high volume of users i don't know, and quite frankly isn't my problem.

 

For a rugby mad nation, the pressure will really be on Spark Sport all tournament, and i pity the team that will cop it if it doesn't perform.


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  Reply # 2218078 16-Apr-2019 12:20
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tdgeek:

 

WyleECoyoteNZ:

 

 

 

But if Spark are providing a service, it should be able to handle 800,00 subscribers now, not have to be scaled up as more and more people sign on.

 

 

 

 

800,000? Is there that many rugby fans?

 

 

A quick search after my last post found this

 

https://www.stuff.co.nz/sport/rugby/international/73589391/null

 

For the RWC 2015 Final, Prime TV had an average of 670,900 viewers and Sky TV had 494,800.


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  Reply # 2218080 16-Apr-2019 12:22
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WyleECoyoteNZ:

 

For a rugby mad nation, the pressure will really be on Spark Sport all tournament, and i pity the team that will cop it if it doesn't perform.

 

Agreed. Lets hope this does not end up like Sparks (Then Telecoms) disaster of a 3G rollout. That was bad enough.


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